'Combinations and Alliances'
The above theme is your title for your A2 Photography exam project 2012. You should start by reading through the exam paper, which outlines possible starting points. You will have a period of 8-10 weeks (plus the Spring half term and main Spring holiday period) to develop your ideas through preparatory studies before spending a day in the studio and realising a final outcome as part of a controlled assessment lasting 12 hours. You should aim to be ambitious in your final outcome presentation - have a look at some of the examples here.
Your teacher(s) will start off the project with a few set tasks to get you experimenting before you develop and refine a personal tread to the project. Tasks 1-3 should be completed up to and over the half-term break.
1) Visual Collage
Read the whole exam paper. Brainstorm the words- use a thesaurus and dictionary to do this thoroughly.
Present a collection of images related to your initial research either in your photodiary or in a new tab for unit 4 on your weebly. These should include relevant, known photographers.
2) Gallery Visit
Visit: The Sunday Times Magazine 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. 31 January - 19 February 2012 (The exhibition is closed 11-14 Feb)
Document your visit and discuss the work of at least three different photographers. Consider how themes link to the exam title- celebrity, politics, fame, conflict.
While at the Saatchi also check out the current exhibition, particularly Hello World! Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise by Christopher Baker.
4) Workshop Tasks
Read through the following workshop presentation for details on tasks we will like you to complete over a two week period.
5) Inside Out Project
This is a collaborative project that we would like you to respond to as a group. Photos can be printed large scale using photocopies and pasted in a a location around school using wallpaper paste or printed.
INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.
Research & Analysis
Throughout this project, you will need to show evidence of research and analysis into other artists/photographers relevant to your ideas. You should aim to have analysed at least 4 photographs in depth showing an understanding of form, process and content that link with your ideas. Please click here for more details about how to analyse images. Below is a presentation to support you with your research and some artists that might be useful to research further.
Documenting workers and their tools
Objects juxtaposed in the domestic environment within the genre of Still Life
The alliance between man and technology to logically understand the world
The body interacting with the environment
People and their habitats or fashion tribes
Documenting the closeness and freedom within the family
People and their dogs